Conqueror of the Seas: The Story of Magellan

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Ferdinand Magellan was the first man ever to sail around the world. His voyage was financed 75% by the King of Spain, Charles V, The Holy Roman Emperor, and 25% by Christopher de Haro, a Dutch businessman residing in Spain. The purpose of the trip by Magellan was not Gold, Glory and God, as is commonly believed. Rather, it was for better food, as the basic spices commonly available today, including pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and mace, were not available in Europe and had to be imported through Arab traders, making them outrageously expensive. Although most of the 237 men who embarked on the journey in 1519 died along the way, including Magellan himself who was killed in Cebu in the Philippines, one ship made it back in 1522 with 18 men and a cargo laden with spices, and the expedition earned a financial profit. After the death of Magellan, his remaining men divided into two groups. One group decided to go back to Europe the way that they had come, by crossing the Pacific Ocean. However, they never made it. The other group, led by Juan Sebastin Elcano, made it back to Spain with only one ship, but that ship had a cargo laden with valuable spices including cloves that had been acquired in the Spice Islands, with the result that the entire expedition earned a financial profit, which was the purpose of the expedition in the first place. Of 237 men who had left with Magellan on five ships three years earlier, only 18 were left on the only ship to return. However, not all of the others had died along the way. Some who had been captured by the Portuguese or who had been left behind on the Cape Verde Islands arrived later. A few others had voluntarily stayed behind, preferring the company of the easy women in the Philippines. At least two had been marooned on the coast of Brazil following an unsuccessful attempt at mutiny. There seems to be no record of what happened to those two. Although most of the original 237 were dead, many of them still have never been fully ac

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Zweig’s readability made him one of the most popular writers of the early twentieth century all over the world, with translations into thirty languages. His lives of Mary Stuart and Marie Antoinette were international bestsellers (Julie Kavanagh The Economist Intelligent Life)

Zweig’s accumulated historical and cultural studies, whether in essay or monograph form, remain a body of achievement almost too impressive to take in... Full-sized books on Marie-Antoinette, Mary Stuart, and Magellan were international best sellers (Clive James Cultural Amnesia)

Stefan Zweig cherished the everyday imperfections and frustrated aspirations of the men and women he analysed with such affection and understanding (Paul Bailey Times Literary Supplement)

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The author, Stefan Zweig (born November 28, 1881, Vienna, Austria - died February 22, 1942, Petrópolis, Brazil), was an Austrian novelist, playwright, journalist and biographer was one of the most successful and popular authors of the 20th Century. Although he wrote in German, his works were translated into English and several other languages. Zweig was a prolific writer. In the 1930s he was one of the most widely translated authors in the world. His extensive travels led him to India, Africa, North and Central America, and Russia. Zweig's friends included Maksim Gorky, Rainer Maria Rilke, Auguste Rodin, and Arturo Toscanini. Strangely, at the peak of his popularity and having just completed his autobiography while still working on four other books, Zweig committed suicide in Brazil with his new wife by them both taking poison. In 1939, he had married Charlotte Altmann, his secretary from 1933. She was twenty-seven years his junior.

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